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They Gave For Us 

At the end of this month, American 
flags the world over will be lowered 
to half staff. Memorial Day, May 30, 
has come to mean a brief period of 
national reverence, honoring our war 

Unfortunately, their numbers have 
increased since the inception of Me- 
morial Day in 1868. However, the 
practice of decorating the graves of 

war dead is much older than that. The early Greeks and Romans decorated 
the graves of warriors on a specified day each year. In Europe, memorial 
days were held during the Middle Ages. The Chinese and Japanese have an 
age-old memorial observance called the Festival of Lanterns. 

In the United States, Memorial Day was inspired by several women who 
visited a cemetery in Columbus, Miss., in 1867 to decorate the graves of their 
Confederate sons and husbands. 

When they were finished, they looked across to the graves of the Union 
soldiers, unattended, drab and forgotten. They couldn’t bring themselves 
to ignore the graves of the fallen 
northern men. The women then care- 
fully decorated the graves of the 
Union soldiers until there was noth- 
ing to distinguish them from the Con- 
federate dead. 

This incident and others touched 
the hearts of the nation, giving hope 
that a nation torn asunder by civil 
war might once again be united in 

In response to the gesture of the 
impartial southern women. Major 
General John A. Logan, Commander- 
in-Chief of the Grand Army of the 
Republic, a Union veterans organiza- 
tion, designated May 30 as Memorial 

Since that time, Americans differ- 
ing in ideas but united in purpose, 
have paid their respects to those who 
died for them. 

OUR COVER: Taiwan’s 72-foot high Buddha is 
the tallest in the Far East. Story on page 8. 

Volume 3, Number 5 

May 1970 


2 They Gave For Us 

3 Dept. 6 is Flying High 

4 Pass in Review 

5 The Cane Cutters of 


8 ASA Taiwan 

11 Spotlight 

12 R&R Report 

13 Hall of Fame 

14 Top T eacher is Agency 


TC&S Opens Mock 

15 As I See It 

Major General 
Charles J. Denholm 

Commanding General 

First Lieutenant 
Jeffrey A. Rochlis 
Chief, Command Information Div. 

Second Lieutenant 

Barry N. Winslow 


Veronica H. Novicke 

Associate Editor 

Specialist Five 
Dennis K. Moloney 
Managing Editor 

PFC Tommy J. McPeak 


SP5 Larry Smith 
SP4 Robert E. Murray 

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month in support of U.S. Army information 
objectives. Opinions expressed herein do 
not necessarily represent those of the U.S. 
Army. All photographs are official U.S. Army 
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The only ASA “Aviation Academy” 
in existence is at Ft. Devens, Mass. 
The Devens Army Airfield is the host 
for the training facility known as 
Department 6 of the Training Center 
& School. 

Since its inception two and one- 
half years ago, the academy has at- 
tained an envious reputation. Estab- 
lished primarily to provide special 
training for experienced aviators, the 
facility now handles more than 20 
aviators a month. 

In its infancy, the department was 
called the Air Division, and attached 
to Department 2 of the TC&S. In 
those days, the facility’s instructional 
element consisted of two aviation 
officers and six enlisted men. Today, 
as a result of the agency’s increased 
involvement in aviation, the original 
eight-man unit has grown to its pres- 
ent staff of 29 instructional and sup- 
port personnel. 

Since the establishment of the op- 
eration in 1967, more than 300 avia- 
tors have completed the four-week 
course, flying a total of over 3,000 
accident-free hours. 

The flight facility’s inventory of air- 
craft includes two RU-8D twin-engine 
Seminoles, one RU-6A single-engine 
Beaver, and one RU-IA single-engine 

Lieutenant Colonel Robert B. 
Galusha has been the director of De- 
partment 6 since June 1968. The 
instructor pilots are Chief Warrant 
Officers Jimmie Johnson, Fletcher 
Parrish, Leonard Gearan, James Dat- 
ka and John Swenson Jr. These men 
have all served at least two tours in 
Southeast Asia and have flown many 
hours in combat areas. Supplement- 
ing this staff is an NCO corps of in- 
structors and maintenance men. 

Maturity and professionalism char- 
acterize the cadre and all (except the 
instructor pilots) are ASA personnel. 

The total flying time accumulated 
by the staff is estimated to be over 
19,000 hours. As a result of their 
efforts, the men have garnered every 
medal and decoration up to and in- 
cluding the Distinguished Flying 

Cross. They boast a combined total of 
229 awards of the Air Medal, each 
award representing 25 or more aerial 
flights over hostile territory. 

With all this experience, there are 
some aspects of instruction that no 
men can perform. Because of New 
England’s rough winter weather. De- 
partment 6 has incorporated the 
unique skills of a flight simulator. 
Originally installed for use during in- 
clement weather, the simulator soon 
proved to be a valuable device for 
diagnosing and correcting individual 
student weaknesses. Since becoming 
an integral part of the program, the 
machine has been “flown” in excess 
of 2,000 hours. 

Now that good weather is prevail- 
ing, the academy’s student pilots can 
look forward to plenty of ‘real’ time. 

Aircraft used by the Air Division, USASATC&S, on taxi strip at Ft. Devens Army 



in review 

A roundup of ASA news from Hallmark correspondents 


FS Asmara — A Kagnew Station MP 
roused a family of five from their 
smoke-filled quarters early last March 
and possibly saved their lives. 

Specialist 4 Dane Lieblong was 
working the midnight shift when, at 
4:30 a.m., he spotted smoke pouring 
from the windows of quarters 315-C 
near the field station’s main gate. 

After calling the fire department, 
SP4 Lieblong ran to the house and 
pounded on the front door, awakening 
Staff Sergeant and Mrs. Richard Hep- 
kins and their family of three children. 

Mrs. Hopkins claimed that when 
she went to her children's rooms she 
couldn’t see the beds because of the 
thick smoke. Fortunately, the family 
had little difficulty in getting out of 
the house. 

The source of the smoke was a 
malfunctioning furnace but the dam- 
age to the quarters was not considered 
serious . . . thanks to a quick think- 
ing MP named Lieblong. 


FS Asmara — Kagnew Station, the sub- 
ject of our feature story in the March 
issue, is located at Asmara on the 
Ethiopian highlands. 

It is a beautiful area with a color- 
ful background, but until April 7, 
Asmara looked more like the Sahara 
than the lush green tract it used to 

The scene on that fateful day was 
reported as one of near disbelief as 
the first recordable rainfall in months 
fell on the bone-dry field station. It 
lasted only 45 minutes but nearly one- 
quarter of an inch was recorded on 
this thirsty plateau. 

The torrential downpour meant 
much more to Kagnewites than just a 
harbinger of a rainy season. It also 
gave a glimmer of hope that, maybe 
soon, the scant water supply would 
be increased enough to end the two- 
hour-a-day water ration and the con- 
stant and futile drilling for new 
sources of supply. 

. . . Where Credit is Due 

According to Command Sergeant 
Major William C. Dials, many agency 
personnel deserve credit for their 
dedication not only to their jobs but 
to their activities during their off-duty 
time as well. Recently, he said, “The 
men don’t depend on the aid of 
others when it comes to improving 
their living conditions and the appear- 
ance of their facilities. They do it 
voluntarily. And, for applying self- 
help, they deserve a lot of credit.” 

During his recent visit to Germany, 
the sergeant major was impressed 
when he heard about the off-duty ac- 
tivities of personnel from two groups. 

The first group at Field Station 
Bad Aibling operates the station’s Vol- 
unteer Fire Department. The men 
here are devoted to these extra duties. 
They put in many hours toward im- 
proving their fire department and 
making it the best in Europe. Consid- 
ering the second place they won in the 
1969 U.S. Army Competition for Vol- 
unteer Fire Departments, they’re well 
on their way. 

The other group the sergeant major 
cited is from Detachment J, Field 
Station Herzogenaurach, located at 
Mt. Schneeberg. Through self-help, 
these men have accomplished many 
tasks normally done by members of 
an engineer unit or a civilian contract 
organization. For example: 1), they 
built a 53-foot extension to the opera- 
tions building; 2), they spread more 
than 1,000 tons of rock and fill dirt, 
and 40 tons of top soil; and 3), they 
poured 50 cubic meters of concrete. 

Who can be certain of the savings 
the Army has realized because of the 
self-help accomplishments of these 
men and others like them? No one 
can. But for voluntarily channeling 
their energies to constructive activities, 
they do deserve credit. 


Arlington, Va . — Bowling is an inter- 
esting sport. Granted, the pins are 
all arranged exactly the same way be- 
fore the bowler rolls his first ball, but 

what happens after that is not always 
a standard procedure. 

If there are to he any heroics in 
bowling, they usually occur on the 
second shot. For instance, to wipe- 
out the 7-10 split, known as “bed 
posts,” requires great skill. And there 
are plenty of other combinations on 
this second shot when some pins are 
down and some still standing. 

What are the options for heroics on 
a first shot? There is only one, a 
strike, when all ten pins are bowled 
over. This feat requires great coordi- 
nation and skill, but strikes are a 
dime-a-dozen in bowling. 

Lieutenant Colonel Joe Colello, HQ 
USASA, may have made the ‘shot of 
the year.’ He maintains a 160 aver- 
age and bowls for the Splinters in the 
Arlington Hall Station league on 
Thursday nights. 

The dubious distinction of having 
made the ‘shot of the year’ was ac- 
complished with the roll of his first 
ball. It wasn’t a strike, as a matter of 
fact, all 11 pins remained after this 
fateful attempt. (11?) 

It seems that an erratic pin-spotter 
threw a pin out in front of the rake 
in the right hand gutter just before 
Joe’s turn. As a remedy, Joe took an 
extra ball and proceeded to clean the 
gutter. However, much to the bewil- 
derment of the spectators, he walked 
up to the line and very carefully threw 
the ball into the left gutter. When 
the roar subsided, he made a second 
and successful attempt with a two- 
hand, “big dipper” shot which was 
greeted with a thunderous ovation. 

When queried on his initial plan 
our hero was non-committal. Here 
Joe, see what you can do with this: 
ZOT! (Courtesy of his teammates.) 


In our previous issue, the 
Ideas & Opinion article listed the 
Kagnew Gazelle as the Kagnew 



The Cane-Cutters of Sobe 

An Agency Helping 
Hand to the 
Okinawan Farmers 

Story and photos by former SP4 Ron 
Walker, Information Specialist, USA- 
SAFS Sobe, now attending OCS at Ft. 
Belvoir, Va. 

When viewed objectively and ex- 
pressed in the fashionable, hyphenated 
jargon of the day, it was a “mini- 
event” or perhaps even an “un-event.” 

For the Okinawan farmers in Feb- 
ruary and March, the harvesting of 
sugar cane is a day-to-day fact of life. 
That four men assigned to Field Sta- 
tion Sobe joined seven local farmers 
in their fields for a full day of work 
one Saturday in March is not in itself 
unusually significant. 

No one-day production records 
were established, but quantitative in- 
dexes have a way of ignoring ‘help- 
ing hands’ and matters of that na- 
ture and, consequently, should be left 
to tax men and actuaries. 

Moreover, for these 11 individuals, 
the number of bundles harvested of- 
fers no adequate measure of the day. 

It was merely the down-home, 
neighborly thing to do. The four men. 
Master Sergeant James Hedges, Spe- 
cialist 5 Keith Tharp and Specialists 
4 Ernie Hatfield and John Slice, 
simply wanted to help out. There 
was no detail, no project, no official 
sanction. They were there only be- 

cause they wanted to be there. For 
the most part, they were short on 
cane-cutting experience, yet before the 
day was over, they knew both the 
routine and their own sore muscles 
from the ground up. 

There was no American paternal- 
ism or a suggestion of a better way 
of doing things. The four just slipped 
into the process where they could help 
out. The three younger members of 
the quartet assisted primarily in the 
bundling and transporting cane, while 
MSG Hedges found himself outfitted 
with a sickle to strip the downed cane. 

Cutting cane is not easy work, but 
this day was not to be filled with all 
work and no play. To ward off the 
dull muscles, the wife of one of the 
farmers appeared in the fields around 
ten o’clock during the overcast morn- 
ing, carrying piping-hot tea and small 
sandwiches. Noon found the 11 -man 
crew back in Sobe village before a 
huge meal of omelet, fried rice and 
mushroom soup. The same wife was 
back in the field around two-thirty in 
the afternoon with “fried potatoes, 
pork, you name it.” Reaching for 
another helping, a somewhat stout 
John Slice half-heartedly complained. 
“No matter how hard I work today. 
I’m still bound to gain weight out 

Work has a language and a kin- 
ship all its own, and MSG Hedges 
went on to say, “There’s no language 
barrier working with these guys.” The 
Americans’ knowledge of the Japanese 

“Laughs, intonations and an impromptu 
sign language filled the gaps . . 



language went no further than that 
carried by most of the troops on the 
island, and their Okinawan counter- 
parts fared no better with English. 
Laughs, intonations and an im- 
promptu sign language filled the gaps, 
and business went on as usual. 

With the Americans sparing their 
small neighbors the man-handling of 
the 8-foot, 50-pound bundles of sugar 
cane, the crew was able to clear ap- 
proximately 375 bundles, about 200 
more than are usually extracted by the 
Okinawan crew in one day. The 
Okinawans were clearly delighted in 

having reduced two days’ work into 
one, and their consciences were justi- 
fiably clear to plan on taking off most 
of Sunday to attend the bull fights. 

This was not to be simply a one- 
shot affair. Plans were made for 
the same, low-key continuance of the 
work. MSG Hedges, after meeting 
the farmers early the next morning, 
said: “And do you know once I 

got down there Sunday morning, they 
had a brand spanking new sickle all 
sharpened and waiting for me and 
they said, ‘Here sergeant, yours.’ 
That’s the kind of guys they are.” 

Reason enough for this “mini- 

Seven Sobe farmers and four GIs assigned to FS Sobe open up one of their 
‘snack circles” to pose for this picture. Scattered throughout the group from 
left to right are SP5 Keith Tharp, MSG James Hedges, SP4 John Slice and SP4 
Ernie Hatfield. 

. . and business went on as usual.” 

Framed by the farmer's cart, SP4 John Slice carries another bundle of stripped 
cane out of the fields and to the already heaping pile. 



‘‘There was no American pater- 
nalism or a suggestion of a better 
way of doing things . . . Work has 
a language and kinship all its 
own . . 



Spring and Autumn Pavilions charm visitors to Tsoying. 

Field Station, Taiwan, is a tenant unit 
located at Shu Lin Kou Air Station. 
The station is operated by the 6987th 
Security Group, under the command 
of the Air Force Security Service. 
It is a tri-service installation with 
representative groups of the Army, 
Navy and Air Force. 

The station facilities are more 
modern and complete now than when 
the installation was first established in 
1955 as a tent city. 

Shu Lin Kou Station, usually re- 
ferred to as Linkou, is situated on 
a mountain plateau approximately 16 
miles northwest of Taipei, the capital 
of the Republic of China. It is a few 
miles southwest of the Tamsui River 
and about five miles from the China 
Sea. At an altitude of 834 feet above 
sea level, it lies in an area surrounded 
principally by tea plantations. 

The installation takes its name, 
which is translated “Mouth of the 
Forest,” from a nearby village where 
many local employees of the station 

A narrow, winding, hard-surfaced 
mountain road connects the station 
with metropolitan Taipei and sur- 
rounding areas. The entire drive is a 
breathtaking experience, and the view 
of the valley is beautiful, especially on 
a clear day. 

Taiwan has a history of playing 
host to many nations. First named 
Formosa (meaning beautiful) by the 
Portuguese in 1590, attempts at settle- 
ment met with varied success. At one 
time or another, the Portuguese, 
Dutch, Spaniards, Japanese and 
French attempted to establish ship- 
ping ports as a means of exploiting 
the area. 

Japan was perhaps the most suc- 
cessful in colonizing Taiwan. In 1895, 
China ceded Taiwan to Japan and 
Japan developed it as a major sup- 
plier of rice and sugar. After the 
defeat of Japan in World War II, 
Taiwan was turned over to the Chi- 
nese Nationalist Government. 

In 1949 and 1950, following vic- 
tories of the Chinese Communists on 
the mainland; an estimated 2 million 
Nationalist troops, government offi- 
cials and other refugees poured onto 
the island. Taiwan then became the 
effective territory of the Republic of 
China (Nationalist China). In 1955, 
Nationalist China and the United 
States entered into a mutual security 
agreement to defend the island against 
the Communists. United States assist- 
ance was given in two forms, eco- 
nomic and military. 



A typical fishermen’s harbor on the China Sea. 

The bridegroom lifts the veil from his bride in this Chinese 

Today, Taiwan is a museum of 
ancient Chinese tradition. She is per- 
haps the last home of authentic Chi- 
nese culture and her efforts to main- 
tain this precious tradition go hand in 
hand with the emphasis on education 
and progress. 

The population of Taiwan is pre- 
dominantly Chinese, and seven major 
dialects are spoken by these people. 
The aborigines, numbering about 
200,000, are of Indonesian origin and 
live in the foothills and highlands. 

Lowland Taiwan has a warm cli- 
mate. In the north, ocean currents 
keep the mean temperature of the 
coldest month, January, around 58 
degrees. Summers are hot and humid, 
and in the south, winters are warm to 
hot as well. 

On Shu Lin Kou Station, there are 
a variety of recreational facilities 
available. They include: a gymnasium 
and adjacent athletic fields; a Service 

Meet Miss Chang Mei Wao, famous 
movie star. 

Club with a game room in a neigh- 
boring building; a six-lane Bowling 
Alley; Base Theater; Library; five- 
hole pitch and putt course located on 
an excellent multipurpose recreation 
area; picnic grounds; and auto, wood, 
photo, electronics and ceramics hobby 
shops. The ball field, swimming pool 
and tennis courts are lighted for night 

Approximately six miles from the 
station on a rolling plateau is a very 
fine 18-hole golf course, the Linkou 
International Golf and Country Club. 
The Taiwan Golf and Country Club 
is located in Tamsui, and the Taipei 
Club borders the river in the city of 
Taipei. Excellent arrangements have 
been made with these country clubs 
for accommodating golfers, particu- 
larly at the Linkou Club. 

In maintaining good Sino-American 
relations, the field station and its 
detachments are involved in support- 

Yeh Leiu National Park, north of Tamsui, features a beach 
dotted with fantastic rock formations. 

The Lungshan Temple, a Buddhist edifice in Taipei, is known 
for its ornate roof decorations and wood carvings. 



ing many local charities. Formerly, 
the main charity was the St. Martin 
De Porres Hospital which originated 
as the Chia Yi Clinic. A hospital 
drive was initiated in January 1963 to 
replace the inadequate clinic. The new 
hospital was completed in October 
1966. At the hospital’s opening cere- 
monies, the field station was presented 
a plaque symbolizing everlasting grat- 
itude and friendship for its help in 
making the hospital a reality. 

Since the drive first started in 1963, 
more than $4,000 has been collected 
and forwarded to the hospital. In 
addition, an emergency generator and 
air conditioner were donated for use 
in the operating room. 

Now that the St. Martin De Porres 
Hospital has been established, ASA 
personnel have turned their efforts 
and concentration to the Chung 
Hsing Orphanage. It is located in 
downtown Taipei and houses approxi- 
mately 80 children. To date, the unit 
has donated athletic equipment in- 
cluding basketballs, volleyballs, bad- 
minton sets and jump ropes. The 
unit has also donated a washing 
machine to the school and uniforms 
for each of the 80 children living at 
the orphanage. The ASA families have 
donated many boxes of clothing and 
in October, a picnic was held at Shu 
Lin Kou Air Station for all of the 
children of Chung Hsing. 

Rehabilitation of the orphanage, 
conducted during normal off-duty 
hours, included installation of win- 
dow glass, cleaning and interior paint- 
ing of the orphanage. 

All single ASA personnel assigned 
to Taiwan live in permanent dormi- 
tories provided by the host Air Force 
unit. Since the Air Station is very 
small, there is no on-post housing for 

The accompanied married person- 
nel of the unit live in Taipei or its 
surrounding villages. For the most 
part, living conditions are more than 
suitable for the Americans living on 

The unit, formerly known as the 
76th USASA Special Operations Unit, 
was redesignated Field Station Taiwan 
on Dec. 15, 1967. This unit has con- 
tinuously served the agency well, and 
its location continues to be the site of 
an exciting ASA tour. 

Largest Buddha statue in the Far East 
(72 feet high) is located at Changhua. 




LJ News from USASA Headquarters 


D.C. Police Recruits Authorized 150-Day ‘Early Out’ — 

Because of law enforcement problems in Washington, 
D.C., the Department of Defense has authorized a special 
early release program for police recruits in that city. Ini- 
tiated on Feb. 1, 1970, this program will be in effect 
through June 30, 1970. 

The program is open to enlisted men from all oversea 
commands as well as the 50 states. Those persons ap- 
pointed to the D.C. Police Department may be released 
from the service up to 150 days in advance of their ex- 
piration term of service. To qualify, applicants must: 

► Have an ETS date falling between Feb. 1, and Nov. 
27, 1970. 

► Be in the 20 to 29-age group and have good moral 

► Weigh at least 140 pounds, be 5 feet 7 to 6 feet 5 
in height, and have at least 20/60 vision correctable to 
20 / 20 . 

► Be able to pass a U.S. Civil Service written exami- 

► Flave a high school diploma, equivalency certificate 
or a minimum of one year of police experience in a city 
with a half-million or more population. 

The D.C. police officers start at $8,000 per year and 
a bill before Congress proposes to increase this to $8,500. 
They have merit opportunities as well as excellent retire- 
ment, medical and family benefits. 

For additional information, contact your Unit Personnel 

D-Day for Wearing Subdued Insignia — Effective July 1, 
1970, it will be mandatory for personnel, worldwide, to 
wear the new subdued insignia on their field jackets and 

The changeover will affect grade insignia for all per- 
sonnel, but branch insignia applies to officers and war- 
rant officers only. The unit patch and combat or special 
skill badges must also be of the subdued type. The 
switch to subdued name tape and U.S. Army markings 
was made last year. 

Enlisted personnel will be issued the unit patch, in- 
signia of grade and combat or special skill badges. All 
except the unit patch will be of the metal pin type. The 
pin type is the only kind enlisted members will be au- 
thorized to wear to show their rank on field jackets and 

New Overcoats by October 1970 — The date for obtain- 
ing the new Army green (AG 44) overcoats has been 
extended from July 1 to October 1. 

On that date all active Army officers, warrant officers 
and enlisted men will be required to have this item in 
their possession. 

The old topcoats, OG 107 and Taupe 121, will no 
longer be issued. Personnel with outmoded coats are re- 
quired to exchange them for the new one. 

Presentation of Awards Must Be Timely — .Awards must 
be presented soon after they have been earned if they 
are to be effective in building and maintaining morale. 

Since the primary purpose of the Awards Program is 
to provide tangible and timely evidence of recognition of 
exceptionally meritorious service or achievement, presen- 
tation of awards must be timely. 

An award received many months after the service is 
completed, either through the mail or from a military com- 
mander with whom the recipient did not serve or has 
nothing in common, is a poor substitute for recognition 
in the presence of his comrades. 

To achieve timely presentations, recommendations for 
awards should reach Headquarters, USASA, for review 
no later than 45 days prior to an individual’s final date 
of service with his current organization. 

Accrued Leave Paid to Reenlistees — Personnel who are 
discharged within three months of their ETS to reenlist 
can now be paid for accrued leave. 

The payment is a result of a change to the DOD Pay 
and Allowances Manual which went into effect March 25, 
1969. Prior to that date, payment for accrued leave was 
not made until personnel were discharged from active 




USASA sports, recreation and entertainment 


Hakata, Japan — On March 15 at the 
Hakata gymnasium, 250 Japanese and 
American children locked arms and 
legs, flipped each other around and 
then left — smiling and friendly. 

The kids, aged 5 through 12, were 
gathered for the First Annual Jap- 
anese-American Youth Judo Tourna- 

In addition to promoting commu- 
nity relations, the tournament was also 
a vehicle for collecting supplies and 
furnishing electricity to a remote vil- 
lage in Thailand, Ban Wang Kang. 

Two large crates of much-needed 
school supplies were flown to Thai- 
land and presented to the village head- 
master of Ban Wang Kang. The most 
important accomplishment, however, 
was the money raised to furnish elec- 
tricity to the village. 

Japanese and American children await their turn during the judo competition 
held at the Hakata gym. 

Two contestants battle it out in the 
judo competition. 


Japan — Mr. Thomas Bodiker, FS 
Hakata, employed all the mental gym- 
nastics requisite for logical deduction. 
His office key was not to be found at 
home, therefore (he deduced), it must 
be in his office. 

Being of sound mind, Mr. Bodiker 
hesitated before rushing to the locked 
office to continue the search. There 
was a spare key around someplace, 
and surely, it could be found. But 
alas, a search for the duplicate turned 
out to be equally futile. 

Not yet feeling entirely unsuccess- 
ful, Bodiker procured a ladder from 
the base engineers and made the shaky 
ascent to the second-story window of 
his office. Once inside the building, 
his attention to the search was dis- 
rupted by his perception of an unusual 
draft. Apparently, the strenuousness of 
the climb had placed too much stress 
on his tailor-made suit; the seam of 
his trousers had delicately parted. 

As the steam began to build and 
spew from various and sundry places, 
Bodiker fervently searched, and 
searched. Nowhere ... it was no- 

With desperation now piercing his 
usually unruffled composure, the hap- 
less hunter returned home only to find 
the key in his jacket pocket. Not just 
any jacket pocket mind you, but one 
which accompanied him on his entire 
misadventure. If that key had been 
a ‘’zot,” it would have devoured him 
. . . zot — zot — zot! 


Asmara, Ethiopia — The Ernie Pyle 
gymnasium at Kagnew Station has 
been compared recently to the main 
floor of a department store selling 
mink at $5.00 a pelt . . . Hectic, man, 

It seems that volleyball has struck 

the fancies of the women at Kagnew 
with as much force as the mini-skirt. 
The program was initiated with mod- 
est expectations of participation but, 
somewhere along the line, the idea 
exploded. Now there are 15 teams 
involving 145 girls. 

With a schedule of 20 games per 
squad, the Ernie Pyle gym should 
be the scene of some exciting action 
this year. 

Who says volleyball isn’t a specta- 
tor sport? 


Massachusetts — In the March King of 
the Hill bowling event at Ft. Devens, 
Master Sergeant James Smith broke 
loose in a big way. 

It started with his consistent series 
of 235-233-236 for a 704 total, shat- 
tering the previous record of 639 in 
King of the Hill bowling. It was the 
first 700 series bowled at Ft. Devens. 
He rolled six strikes in a row in his 
first game and went on to bowl five 
in a row in the second game. 

Smith didn’t stop there. In his 
third unbelievable game, he strung 
six strikes in a row once again and 
collected the $200 jackpot. 

When asked to comment on his 
phenomenal showing that day, MSG 
Smith simply said, “It was just luck. 
Everything coordinated all at once.” 




Awards and honors won by military and civilian USASA members 


E. Englesby. 

MAJOR: Carl P. Thorpe (1). 


H. Bye. 

MAJOR: Robert Melzer. 

FIRST SERGEANT: Robert Daniel. 
Donston, Robert A. Valdez. 

STAFF SERGEANT: James Bidlack. 
SPECIALIST 5: Dennis Roberts, 

Herbert A. Wilson. 


R. Bartlett. 

MAJOR: Richard G. Bigford, James 
M. Hendrick Jr., George D. Rankin 


CAPTAIN: William H. Bergman, 

Richard W. Hahn, David H. New- 
land, Haskel Simonowitz. 


Paul D. Massie. 

Dean R. Shideler. 


D. Campbell, Jack B. Harris, Billy 
G. Rickies. 


Mehall, Henry E. White. 
SPECIALIST 6: Larry D. Lemacks. 


SPECIALIST 4: Mark S. Moser. 


MAJOR: Porter B. Dillon (1). 
CAPTAIN : Robert E. Baker ( 1 ) , 
Wayne L. Clement (1), William A. 
Francois, Joseph Waldron (Chap- 

Archer, Richard S. Childers, Eric S. 
Hansen, James G. Landry, Frederick 
F. Schwertfeger, Paul G. Wiley. 

Mack H. Griddell, Donald L. Morris. 



L. Alexander, George Brewer, Robert 
N. Cauley, Charles E. Clare (1), 
Eugene Conn, Ronald J. Hesketh, 
Samuel J. Madrid (2), Harold F. 
McQuaid, Lemuel S. Sigler, Joseph 
A. Toloczko. 


Barz, Richard R. Bourbeau, Trento 
J. Castricone, Roger J. Clark, Law- 
rence D. Connell, Donald R. David- 
son, Jay D. Dotts, Donald K. Greg- 
ory, Earl T. Marshall, Douglas Mil- 
ler Jr., Joseph D. Murphy, Carl M. 
Sears (1), Jimmie C. Smith (1), 
John N. Smith, William D. Smith, 
James M. Spinelli, Theadore J. Van 

SPECIALIST 6: Donald G. Draper, 
Charles E. Rickwald. 

SERGEANT: Randy M. Stonicher. 
SPECIALIST 5: Jerry A. Anderson, 
Michael T. Eaton, Phalen D. Frey, 
David L. Green, William J. Jackson 
Jr., Rickey O. Johnston, Thomas R. 
Kirk, Michael E. Mager, John J. 
McNamara, Philip V. Mortensen, 
Keith Y. Oda, Thomas E. O’Malley, 
Christopher A. Scobie, Michael F. 
Shuff, Timothy E. Swaty, Don C. 
Tatum, Donald E. Watts, Douglas J. 

SPECIALIST 4: Ernest L. Allen, 
Robert McKim, Timothy J. Phillips, 
John N. Stevens. 


Richard L. Tallman. 

uel Randle. 

Daniel C. Horton, William P. Kerk- 
hoff Jr., Michael A. Waxman. 


Outstanding Performance Award 

Henry A. Allem, Harold E. Allen, 
Mrs. Vivienne L. Austin, Warren Beck, 
John Bell, Lloyd E. Blomeley, Mrs. 
Betty Boyd, Mrs. Ernestine Brown, 
Gene Browning, George P. Buckley, 
Theodore Buschman, Alphonse Can- 

ciglia, Mrs. Sofia Charron, Mrs. Rose 

R. Corley, George Crackel, Carlyle 
Craig, Miss Marilyn Crow, James D. 
Davis, Mrs. Claire R. Dean, Mrs. 
Theodora DeCarli, Miss Jane Flynn, 
Edward Fortner, Henry Franklin, 
Raymond Freeman, Jimmie B. Gar- 
rett, William Gentry, Joseph C. Gur- 
ley, Mrs. Brenda Hamrick, Carl J. 
Hasz, Jack F. Healey, Jackie Keith, 
William Lee, Miss Beatrice Legendre, 
Lester LeTourneau, William J. Loner- 
gan Jr., Ray D. Loyd, Robert Lynn, 
Paul A. Lynott, Robert Massey, Iria 
McCullough, Mrs. Virginia McDill, 
James A. McFadden, Henry McLen- 
don, Walter Moran, Mrs. Lula Mor- 
ris, Russell Moyer, John O’Hara, Ed- 
ward O’Rosky, Edwin S. Pearl, 
James F. Pepper, Mrs. Bonnie Perez, 
Mrs. Florence Potvin, Laurence Radt- 
ke, David P. Reece, Joseph Riley, 
James Ritter, John Ryan, John P. 
Scherger, William S. Scott, Robert 
Semelsberger, Paul Shoemaker, Harry 
Siegel, Mrs. Hattie Belle Thomason, 
Miss Marvel Thomason, Everett 
Trezise, Mrs. Barbara Vick, Daniel 
Vol Janin, Charles Wientjes, Mrs. 
Jean Wood and Robert F. Zikowitz. 

Quality Pay Increase 

Mrs. Betty Brooks, Robert Buechner, 
Theodore Buschman, Miss Marilyn 
Crow, Clarence Drye, Kenneth Farn- 
ham, Mrs. Willie M. Fennell, Edward 
Flynn, Bernard Foley, Mrs. Mildred 
Graefe, George W. Gustin, Mrs. 
Brenda Hamrick, Mrs. Sara Harris, 
Mrs. Marilyn Kerr, Mrs. Christine 
Lawter, Lester C. LeTourneau, Wil- 
liam J. Lonergan, Jr., Mrs. Virginia 
McDill, Mrs. Frances Montague, Wal- 
ter Moran, Paul S. Morton, Erwin 

S. Pearl, David Reniere, George Rich- 
ardson, William Scott and Gordon 

Sustained Superior Performance 

John Bell, Henry Franklin, William 
Johnson, Paul A. Lynott, Robert 
Priestley, Gerald Shamla, Mrs. 
Therese Snyder and Mrs. Rebecca 

Certificate of Achievement 

Mrs. Sandra Ansley and Albert 



Air Force Tabs Agency Man "Top Teacher” 

By CW3 Richard Greer 
and SFC Myron Bounds 

Goodfellow Det — Annually, from 

among the instructor complement at 
the US Air Force Security Service 
School, Goodfellow AFB, Tex., one 
instructor is singled out and honored 
by being designated the Outstanding 
Instructor of the Year. 

In ceremonies conducted March 18, 
USASA instructor Specialist 5 John 
D. Barton was presented with the 
USAFSS School Instructor of the 
Year award. Never before has a 
non-Air Force instructor achieved this 

This program is extremely competi- 
tive and judges the best efforts of 
more than 325 instructors represent- 
ing the three services. It involves 
professional evaluation of classroom 
instructional periods, instructor de- 
meanor, pre-class preparation, instruc- 
tor subject-knowledge, speech qual- 
ities, lesson delivery and lesson con- 

Colonel Robert P. Craig, Director 
of Training for the USAFSS School 
presented the award and noted in an 
accompanying citation that Specialist 
Barton’s “. . . classroom performance 
reflected superior techniques in lesson 
plan development and presentation, 
fine military bearing, and excellent 
technical knowledge.” COL Craig 
also pointed out in the citation that 
“Your devotion and dedication to 
duty reflected by this accomplishment 
aid immeasurably in the successful 
completion of the tri-service training 
objectives ... I applaud your pro- 
fessionalism and extend my congrat- 
ulations for your superb job perform- 

Specialist Barton, one of approxi- 
mately 70 language-trained agency 
personnel assigned to the TC&S De- 
tachment for duty with the USAFSS 
School, is a Russian linguist and a 
former member of the Air Force. The 
airmen are quick to point out that 
Barton’s previous Air Force training 
prepared him to compete for the 
honor. The ASA personnel at the 

school jokingly retort that Barton has 
been with the agency for three years 
now, and he wears Army green not 
Air Force blue. It all amounts to 
friendly, inter-service rivalry. The im- 
portant point is one on which there 
is mutual agreement: SP5 Barton is 
a good man to have as a fellow 

John Barton, his wife and two 
children, will move to Germany soon. 
A recent reenlistment option has guar- 
anteed a tour of duty at Field Station 
Berlin. The only regret might be 
Goodfellow’s: they’re losing an ‘out- 
standing instructor.’ 

TC & S Opens Mock Facility 

Recently, a unique training facility 
was opened at USASATC&S. On 
March 22, Colonel R. W. DesJarlais, 
TC&S Commandant, cut the ribbon, 
officially putting into use a mock com- 
munications center. The facility will 
be used to train prospective commu- 
nication center inspectors attending 
the 2G-F12, EW-Cryptologic Officer 
Basic Specialist Course. 

Every junior officer attending the 
2G-F12 course is taught how to carry 
out one of the agency’s vital roles: 
assisting Army commanders by insur- 
ing their Comm Centers are operat- 
ing efficiently and securely. 

The plywood-constructed center be- 
longs to the Command and Staff 
Department of TC&S. It was the 
creation of the former chief of the 
SIGSEC Division in the department. 
Major Ray D. MacKinnon Jr. MAJ 
MacKinnon^ who has been associated 
with the training of ASA’s junior 
officers since August 1966, recognized 

LT James Dyer, a student inspector, 
gives instructions to one of the opera- 
tors in the mock facility. 

—Photo by SP4 Ankney. 

the need for a nonoperational Comm 
Center in which the young ASA 
officer could be trained as an in- 
spector. He provided O. D. Facemire, 
Chief of the Training Aids Division, 
Devices Branch, with the require- 
ments, and Mr. Facemire’s personnel 
produced the finished product. Previ- 
ously, the students utilized the opera- 
tional Comm Center of the TC&S but 
always disrupted operations whenever 
they were there. 

In the new mock Comm Center, 
teletypewriter and associated elec- 
tronic equipment are all replicas. A 
realistic four-drawer safe is made of 
plywood. The “tamper-proof’ vault 
door weighs only about 20 pounds, 
but looks like the real thing. 

Everything found in a fully opera- 
tional Comm Center is included in 
the training facility. Discrepancies are 
built in to test the student’s aware- 
ness of proper operation procedures. 



As I See It 

At the time I was asked to write for 
this column, many subjects came to 
mind for an article. There was, for 
example, the all important promo- 
tion system, but it had been ade- 
quately covered before. 

Recently, a story came to my atten- 
tion which convinced me of the need 
for everyone to realize the importance 
of personnel data input. As you will 
see from the following story, this 
input has a bearing on promotions, 
assignments and other aspects of our 
military careers. 

Sergeant First Class James Xray 
waited with keen anticipation for the 
DA Circular which would list the 
names of those personnel selected for 
promotion to master sergeant. He 
knew that 1 ) , he had qualified for the 
primary zone of consideration, 2), 
his record was excellent and 3), he 
enjoyed a reputation as one of the 
finest NCOs in the agency. When the 
circular was published, however, SFC 
Xray’s name was not on the list. 
Since, as we all know, DA policy pre- 
cludes giving reasons for not selecting 
individuals for promotion, SFC Xray 
was not only greatly disappointed but 
he had no idea why. 

What actually happened was that 
the board reviewing the file had no 
way of knowing about Xray’s fine 
record. The record at DA did not 
reflect all the merit contained in his 
field 201 file at the unit level. Theo- 
retically, it should have. But the fact 
lemains, it did not, and SFC Xray 
was not only greatly disappointed but 
he had no idea why. 

The case cited above actually hap- 
pened in one of the units here in the 
301st and I feel sure there have been 
similar occurrences in other units. 
The story emphasizes comments made 
in other publications, by CSM Dials 
and other NCOs about the inadequacy 
of records maintained at DA. 

The reason for this inadequacy is 
simple. Prior to the actual imple- 
mentation of the centralized promo- 
tion system, not much emphasis was 
placed on the requirement to forward 
career-related documents such as or- 

The column’s guest for this month is 
Johnny M. Kelly, Command Sergeant 
Major of the 301st ASA Bn (Corps), 
Ft. Bragg, N.C. 

ders, letters of commendation, school 
completions, photos, etc., to DA for 
posting. Only recently has this reali- 
zation come to light. Unfortunately, 
however, many records are not com- 
plete. There are record jackets filed 
at DA which don’t even contain Form 

Try “sizing up a man” with nothing 
more than a promotion order and an 
extract from a morning report. 
Ideally, this file should contain a 
duplicate of almost everything that is 
in the field 201 file and some addi- 
tional items, such as a full length 
photograph and all past enlisted evalu- 
ation reports. These documents are 
most important to the NCO con- 
cerned and to a board because selec- 
tion is based on the “whole man” 
concept. I might add here that these 
records are also used for assignment 

There are two ways in which NCOs 
can ensure that their DA records are 
up-to-date. Copies of all pertinent 
documents may be reproduced and 

mailed to the Office of Personnel Op- 
erations. In addition, individuals may 
visit that office to personally audit 
their records. 

One of our command sergeants 
major was so concerned about this 
problem that he personally inspected 
the records of all personnel in his 
organization. He reported that he 
found them deplorable. 

The importance of maintaining ac- 
curate and complete personnel rec- 
ords cannot be overemphasized. It 
is an individual’s responsibility to as- 
sist personnel officers in this task by 
ensuring that the proper input infor- 
mation is available. This statement 
is applicable not only to NCOs but 
to all personnel, whether an Army 
career is intended or not. 

As a result of the recent promo- 
tion policy change affecting grades 
E5 and E6, I reviewed the records 
of my men and found many which 
did not contain completed education 
credits. When this situation exists, 
individuals are required to verify 
credits by transcripts or completion 
certificates. Since it takes time to ob- 
tain the missing documents, many 
men may have to wait two or three 
months before they’re considered for 
promotion. This could cost an indi- 
vidual a great deal not only in terms 
of dollars but in a promotion as well, 
because should a change occur in 
the personnel posture while he’s 
waiting for his papers, his chances 
for a promotion are lost. 

There is one final comment that I 
would like to make about the im- 
portance of maintaining good records. 
There is an ever increasing effort be- 
ing made to implement effective ca- 
reer guidance for enlisted personnel, 
but its success depends on the avail- 
ability of accurate input information 
from the field. I encourage you, 
therefore, to avail yourself of every 
opportunity to assist in ensuring that 
personnel officers have this informa- 
tion. Don’t wait for the required an- 
nual records audit. Ask for an ap- 
pointment with your personel officer 




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